In Uncategorized on March 15, 2009 at 3:47 am

A fellow for the Brookings Institute makes an excellent point in that, “too many of our teens and young adults are having children before they are married and before they are ready to be good parents. In my view, the solution to this problem resides as much in the larger culture—in what parents, the media, faith communities and key adults say and do—as it does in any shift in government policy per se. However, government can help by providing resources to those fighting this battle in the nongovernmental sector, by insuring that its own policies do not inadvertently encourage childbearing outside of marriage, and by supporting programs that have had some success in reducing early, out-of-wedlock childbearing.”

This fellow makes an excellent point—not that I necessarily agree with this specific aspect of it. I agree with the underlying premise in that there are certain parts in the government’s social policy that does not fully encourage individuals to escape the realm of poverty. Many believe that if the government wants to help impoverished families, it needs to provide jobs, housing, and hope—nothing more, nothing less!


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